Princess Cruises named a new ship Friday – its sixth Royal-Class cruise ship and the first new cruise ship for the line to be based on the West Coast, sailing out of Los Angeles. The new name, Discovery Princess, was announced at a press conference Friday at the Port of Los Angeles as was the company’s largest inaugural launch program, with worldwide itineraries to Europe, the Caribbean, South America, Mexico and the California Coast for the 2021/2022 cruise season.  

Designed from the ground up as a Princess Medallion Class ship, the 143,700-ton, 3,660-passenger Discovery Princess will feature an evolution of the design platform used for the cruise line's previous Royal-Class ships. Discovery Princess is scheduled to debut on Nov. 3, 2021, on a seven-day Mediterranean & Aegean inaugural cruise from Rome (Civitavecchia) to Athens.

"Discovery is both an expression of our brand as well as an important aspect of our guest experience,” said Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises president.

Bookings open tomorrow for an inaugural season that includes 30 departures on 21 unique itineraries to more than 50 destinations in 23 countries, including several holiday sailings offering the perfect celebration vacation.
Highlights include:

Mediterranean: Eight itinerary options in the Mediterranean, sailing to 19 destinations in eight countries, and ranging in length from seven to 21 days. Guests choose to sail from Rome, Athens or Barcelona. “More Ashore” late-night calls are offered in Barcelona, Genoa (Milan), and Mykonos on select itineraries. Cruise departure dates: Nov. 3, 10, 17 and 24, 2021.

Caribbean: Six holiday voyages, ranging from four, eight or 16 days, cruising to eight destinations in seven countries visiting the Eastern Caribbean with a new port of call in Tortula and Southern Caribbean sailing to Leeward Antilles. Cruise departure dates: Dec. 9, 13, 21, 29, 2021.

South America: Sailing to 22 destinations in 11 countries on six departures, including a 50-day voyage from Ft. Lauderdale to Los Angeles. “More Ashore” late night calls include Rio de Janeiro (overnight), Buenos Aires and Lima(overnight). Departure dates: Jan. 6, 24, Feb. 7, 2022.

Mexico and the California Coast: Discovery Princess makes a West Coast debut in Los Angeles on March 1, 2022.  Guests sail to the beaches of Mexico on a 5-day cruise with an overnight stay in Cabo San Lucas or on a 7-day Mexican Riveria cruise. Guest enjoy the beauty of the scenic California coastline on a 7-day Classic California Coast with “More Ashore” in San Francisco and San Diego, including the unique experiences of sailing under the Golden Gate Bridge. Departure dates: March 1, 6, 13, April 3, 10, and May 1, 2022.

Princess past guests are eligible for a special promotion:  reduced deposit of 10% is available through February 29, 2020. In addition, those guests booking the 50-day South America Connoisseur voyage will receive onboard credit, complimentary gratuities and complimentary Wi-Fi.